Project Description

Bob Dylan

Barry was the official photographer on the European leg of Bob Dylan’s 1966 world tour, in addition to photographing Dylan in 1963 and 1974

Barry Feinstein photographed Bob Dylan over an 11 year period, starting with the 1963 cover photograph for The Times They Are A-Changin’, majoring on the incendiary 1966 world tour and ending with the 1974 tour. Bob Dylan didn’t tour in the eight year void between 66 and 74, but Barry was there to capture the end of one creative peak and the start of a new one. Barry’s archive includes some of the most iconic and important photographs of Bob Dylan ever made; the 1966 portrait of Dylan in Liverpool surrounded by street kids which the BBC recreated in 2007 with as many of the original participants as they could locate; the Aust Ferry portrait used on the cover of Martin Scorcese’s No Direction Home, and many more.

Barry Feinstein passed away in October 2011. Handmade estate stamped silver gelatin photographs are for sale in a range of sizes from 16 x 20 inches upwards.

1963

Bob Dylan 1963, The Times They Are A-Changin’
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New York City, 1963

“Columbia asked me to do an album cover, so I took Bob up to my friend John Cort’s penthouse apartment in New York City. I said, ‘Let’s go to the edge on the balcony and make some pictures.’ I was kneeling down and I said to Bob, ‘Look around, look at the landscape, the city and this and that.’ I went click, click, click. I didn’t have to shoot a lot of pictures because I knew immediately it was a very unusual shot and an angle and a moment with Bob. We looked at the proof sheet and he chose that shot. In those days the record company normally chose the picture for the cover, especially Columbia, but they let him do it this time. They did a good job. It wasn’t premeditated or anything, it was one of the quickest and easiest photo sessions I’ve ever done.” – Barry Feinstein

1966

While most people usually associate iconic Dylan imagery with the USA, the vast majority of the 1966 photographs were in fact taken in Britain and Ireland – in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Sheffield, and other familiar locations.

Bob Dylan 1966 tour, With Children, Liverpool
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, The Pied Piper I, Liverpool
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, The thinker, Ireland
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, live at the Royal Albert Hall
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“The mutual trust, respect and friendship we had for each other are reflected in these photographs. I liked his work, he liked mine. He knew I would make him look interesting – and he was interesting. I knew I was in the presence of genius” Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Oblivious, Royal Albert Hall
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Aust Ferry Terminal, Bristol
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“11 May, Waiting at the Aust Ferry Terminal near Bristol to go to Cardiff in Wales. They chose this shot for the cover of Scorsese’s No Direction Home CD and DVD. It’s one that Bob likes as it told it all. It has depth, he looked cool. I guess he felt it represented the moment to him. Just waiting for the ferry and it turned out to be a good picture” Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan 1966 tour, approaching LSD, Sheffield
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, LSD, Sheffield
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“We saw this big store front with the letters ‘LSD’. We stopped to check it out. It was a betting shop. Bob went inside to see what it was like but her didn’t place a bet. ‘LSD’ was very symbolic” Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan 1966 tour, The Pied Piper II, Liverpool
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Bowling for Dollars, Liverpool
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“Bob and I were friends long before we worked together. We hung out and understood each other. When there was something to say we would talk, when there wasn’t we were silent. We were similar in that way, no bullshit. That’s the way it is in music. What often makes a piece of music great are the notes left out. And it’s like that with photography; knowing when to take a shot and, more importantly, when not to. I wanted my pictures to say something. I don’t really like stand-up portraits, there’s nothing there, no life, no feeling. I was much more interested in capturing real moments.”  Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan 1966 tour, train trip, Ireland
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“We were in Ireland, travelling between Dublin and Belfast, the only time I’ve ever been on a train in one country where you had to go through customs. I couldn’t understand it, it was pretty weird, they didn’t give us any trouble though, just let us through. There were only a few shows, Belfast and Dublin, but he was very popular, they loved him there and really appreciated the acoustic music. We got out a bit and looked at the countryside” Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Soundcheck Royal Albert Hall
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Ballad of a thin man
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Birthday in Paris
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Shopping for shoes
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“Almost all my Dylan shots were taken unawares. We trusted each other and I captured him as he was at this moment – the loneliness and isolation of being Bob Dylan” Barry Feinstein

Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Giant
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour: Hotel room, Birmingham
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, Three Poets, Ireland.
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, L’Olympia, Paris, stars and stripes
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Bob Dylan 1966 tour, The ghost of electricity
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1974

Bob Dylan 1974 tour, El Greco
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Bob Dylan 1974 tour, Fur Hat Chicago
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Bob Dylan 1974 tour, Thank you and Good Night
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Bob Dylan 1974 tour, LA Forum
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Bob Dylan 1974 tour, Los Angeles
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Other Artists

George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass” album cover
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Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, “On Tour with Eric Clapton”
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Janis Joplin, “Pearl” album cover session
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Rolling Stones, “Beggars Banquet” album cover
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Biography

Barry Feinstein was a photographer, camera-man, graphic designer, and art director who created many of the entertainment industry’s most compelling and iconic images.

His work has appeared in countless publications including Life, Look, Time, Esquire, Newsweek, GQ, Rolling Stone, Mojo and The New York Times. Most famous for his album cover artwork, Feinstein is responsible for nearly 500 cover shoots including the classics All Things Must Pass by George Harrison, Pearl by Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton’s first solo album, Ringo by Ringo Starr, The Times They Are a Changin’ by Bob Dylan, and Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds.

Feinstein was the exclusive photographer on Dylan’s legendary 1966 European tour and again for Dylan and The Band’s 1974 US tour. As a cameraman, he documented the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, produced and directed the cult classic “You Are What You Eat” and was a cameraman and official photographer for George Harrison’s groundbreaking 1970 charity performance, The Concert for Bangladesh, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Barry was an innovator in all that he did whether it was photography, art direction, graphic design, or film. Nowhere is this more apparent than with his now legendary hand-held cinema-photography for the film “Easy Rider” in 1969.  In would be another 30 years before similar camera work was seen again in a major motion picture.

Feinstein also photographed leading Hollywood and political figures of his day, from JFK and Nixon to Marlon Brando and Judy Garland. During his lengthy and varied career, Feinstein received over thirty US and international art director and photo-journalism awards, including being nominated for an Emmy for his Ike & Tina album cover.

Feinsteins’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Columbus Museum, Georgia; National Portrait Gallery, Scotland; Gibbes Museum of Art in South Carolina and the Hunter Museum in Tennessee.

Feinstein was born in 1931 in Philadelphia and passed away in 2011 after a lengthy illness in Woodstock, New York, where he had lived for many years with his wife, the artist Judith Jamison.